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Education Ministry: 45% of Haredi students are exempt from COVID quarantine

A Magen David Adom worker takes  blood for a serological test for COVID-19 from a child in the ultra-Orthodox town of Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz-Stone), outside Jerusalem, on August 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A Magen David Adom worker takes blood for a serological test for COVID-19 from a child in the ultra-Orthodox town of Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz-Stone), outside Jerusalem, on August 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Education Ministry reveals that close to 45% of students in the Haredi sector are exempt from quarantine if they come in contact with a COVID patient because they are either recovered, vaccinated or were revealed to have antibodies.

According to figures from the ministry, more than 20% of those who underwent a serological test this week were found to have antibodies. On top of that, 24% of students are either vaccinated against COVID or were confirmed to have recovered from the disease already.

So far 5,837 Haredi students have taken a serological test, which were rolled out this week in ultra-Orthodox schools, which started their school year this week. Around 20% of those tested were found to have antibodies, says the ministry. The serological testing is slated to be rolled out to all schools ahead of the planned national reopening on September 1.

Those found to have antibodies will be given a “Green Pass,” and will be exempt from quarantining if a classmate tests positive for COVID. Those who are not exempt will be able to remain in class if they test negative every day for a week.

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